There are currently two separate museum exhibitions of original oil paintings from Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara by James Gurney. These are completely separate and non-overlapping shows, one in American and one overseas, with most of the artwork never before exhibited.
Norman Rockwell Museum, 2007
Los Angeles Public Library, August 2007 through Jan. 2008
Dates open in 2009
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, 2010
This exhibition of approximately 60 works features a selection of works from the first two Dinotopia books, as well as 23 original paintings drawn exclusively from Journey to Chandara, including "Waterfall City: Afternoon Light" and "Irish Elk," along with a scale model of Waterfall City and a three-dimensional model of Arthur Denison's Chandara journal. People Magazine stated, "Critics have gushed over Gurney's phantasmagorical creation, likening him to such venerated literary fantasists as Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and J.R.R. Tolkien." Walt Reed, founder of Illustration House, commented about these new paintings: "Gurney joins the company of America's noted illustrators such as Howard Pyle (who also wrote and illustrated many of his own stories), Maxfield Parrish, and N.C. Wyeth."
The Norman Rockwell Museum of Stockbridge, Massachusetts organized this exhibit and arranged the tour.
For more details, including space requirements and rental fee, please contact Traveling Exhibitions Coordinator Mary Melius
Oshkosh Public Museum, November 2007 through January 2008
Maison d'Ailleurs, Yverdon, Switzerland, 4 October 2008 through 8 March 2009
Museum of Life, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, opening April 2009
Dates open in 2009 and 2010.
The Oshkosh Public Museum had such a successful response to a Dinotopia exhibition they hosted in 2003 that they have organized a new exhibition of artwork exclusively from Journey to Chandara. The show, called Return to Dinotopia (or Retour à Dinotopia), currently consists of approximately 55 works, including Arthur Denison's Antique Map, "Song in the Garden," and "Chandara." Return to Dinotopia is currently on exhibit in Yverdon, Switzerland at the museum of utopia and science fiction called Maison d'Ailleurs.
Mike Breza, assistant director of the Oshkosh Public Museum in Wisconsin, said "For the Oshkosh Public Museum the Dinotopia exhibit has been the best exhibit, in terms of visitor numbers and their satisfaction, to be hosted by the museum in many many years ... Younger visitors said they wished the entire building was filled with the Dinotopia experience."
Patrick Gyger, Maison d'Ailleurs, www.ailleurs.ch
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Images/Interview: James Gurney, email@example.com, P/F 845.876.7746, PO Box 693, Rhinebeck, NY 12572